Fabulous Nutrition 101: 9 Tips On Healthy Eating

healthy tips on good nutrition for young womenThere are many essential factors to consider when it comes to prom preparation. You have to give yourself ample time for your prom dress hunt (with accessories and shoes to match), find the perfect date, book arrangements in advance for limo drivers, professional photographers, after-party venues, etc…all while keeping up with your schoolwork, homework, possible part-time job and every other activity your busy self is involved in! It can be exciting, while overwhelming and stressful at the same time. And when we get caught up in our hectic schedules striving to maintain our  “To Do” lists, it’s easy to overlook other important factors that we should be keeping in mind: healthy eating and good nutritional habits. With our lives always on the go, it may seem hard to squeeze in time for health-conscious meal preparations. So to make things easier, we’ve rounded up 9 Fab Tips for nutritional success. Because in the long run, maintaining a consistent healthy diet and lifestyle will give you more energy, stabilize your “inner zen” and help you check off your “To Do” lists more fabulously! And the bonus, you’ll look and feel awesome on your prom night (SCORE)!

  1. Set out your goals for success. We’ve mapped this out in 3 parts:
    1. Simplify. Don’t overly concern yourself with calorie counting and measuring your meal portions – it’s an unnecessary stress that you should not worry about. Envision a healthy diet comprised of fresh, natural ingredients in a variety of colors.
    2. Start off slow and make gradual changes over time. You can’t expect to change your eating habits completely overnight. It’s not realistic to create immediate restrictions on yourself (this could lead to diet cheating or giving up full force). Baby steps are key, like switching to extra virgin olive oil, rather than butter, having a robust salad full of colorful veggies with a light dressing as your meal, having a fresh bowl of fruit as opposed to ice cream, cake or cookies for dessert. Consistent small changes will become habit as you continue to include healthier options to your diet.
    3. Make it a long-term goal. Don’t fret about giving up your favorite indulgences completely. Keep in mind that moderation is key. The ultimate goal is to feel more awesome and energized, so every healthy meal option you choose will make a difference!
  1. Keep everything in moderation. (Or in other words maintain a healthy balance) You shouldn’t cut out your favorite foods “cold turkey” and make it off-limits (that’s pretty depressing), but strike a balance by eating less of the unhealthy elements (saturated fats, refined sugar and simple carbs) and eating more of the healthy elements (colorful vegetables, fruits, proteins like chicken and salmon and complex carbs). Think of moderation as this: if you want to have your bacon for breakfast, follow it up that day with a healthy lunch like salad and a piece of fruit and for dinner, perhaps grilled salmon and steamed veggies.
  1. Consider not just what you eat, but how you eat. To avoid mindless overeating, try to make it a habit to eat in the company of others when possible. This will help in creating healthier eating habits – plus you’ll enjoy mealtimes a whole lot more without rushing through meals. It’s also important to be more in tune with your body’s signals to ensure that you’re getting all the proper amounts of nutrition. Stop eating before you feel uncomfortably full and never let yourself go thirsty by keeping a bottle of water always by your side. Another good habit is to eat breakfast to jump start your metabolism, then follow it up throughout the day with numerous small meals to maintain your metabolism and energy levels. Avoid eating before bedtime and try to eat dinner earlier in the evening. This dietary adjustment will benefit your digestive system, while regulating your weight.
  1. Fill yourself up on colorful fruits and vegetables. These are the foundation of a nutritious diet because they are low in calories, while being nutrient dense. In other words, they’re jam packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber…major building blocks to a healthy physique both inside and out! And remember the brighter the fruit and vegetable, the better! And keep in mind different vegetables contain different benefits so be sure to consume a variety of them! Five portions a day are key!
  1. Eat whole grains and healthy carbs. Healthy carbohydrates and fiber like whole grains creates long-lasting energy. And along with being delicious and satisfying to our taste buds, they also contain loads of antioxidants and phytochemicals to guard us against diseases later in life like heart disease, certain cancers and diabetes. And if you’re not sure how to differentiate unhealthy from healthy carbs, here’s a quick and simple break down:
    1. Healthy carbs: whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables. Because these are digested more slowly, you’ll feel full longer, while stabilizing your blood sugar and insulin levels
    2. Unhealthy carbs: white flour, refined sugar and white rice that have been stripped of all their good elements (bran, fiber and nutrients). Digestion is much quicker, which causes major spikes in blood sugar levels and energy.
  2. Know the difference between healthy & unhealthy fats. A good source of healthy fats help to nourish your brain, heart and cells, while nourishing our hair, skin and nails. Here’s another solid breakdown to separate the good from the bad:
    1. Healthy fats: (monounsaturated fats) plant-derived oils like olive, coconut and canola oils, as well as avocados, nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios) and seeds (like pumpkin and sesame). (Polyunsaturated fats like Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, found in hearty fish like salmon, herring and halibut. Other good sources are unheated sunflower, corn, flaxseed oils and soybeans.)
    2. Unhealthy fats: saturated fats from animal sources including red meat and whole milk dairy products, as well as trans fats including butter, processed foods containing hydrogenated vegetable oils, as well as candies, cookies, snack foods, chips and those evil deep fried foods.
  1. Include a variety of protein in your diet. Protein is another major energy source that our body needs for it to thrive. They’re also crucial in maintaining healthy cells, tissues and organs. A diet lacking of adequate protein can lead to reduced muscle mass, while weakening our immune systems. And if you think protein comes strictly from animal sources, think again! Here’s a healthy variety of different types of protein you can include in your meals. And the bonus (you can create really quick, simple yet tasty dishes with this list). Protein sources are broken down into Beans (black, navy, garbanzo beans and lentils), Nuts (almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pecans), Soy (tofu, soy milk, tempeh and veggie burgers).  Consume these in healthy moderation and avoid dousing these sources in heavy amounts of salt.
  1. Drink plenty of water. Keeping yourself hydrated with plenty of helpings of fresh water throughout the day is ESSENTIAL. Water not only keeps bloat at bay but also acts as a major tool for proper digestion. You can also consider it as the main transporter of the healthy foods you eat. Water streams all the nutrients you consume into your bloodstream.
  1. Limit your salt and sugar intake. It’s no surprise that salt can contribute to high blood pressure, strokes and other main health issues. Avoid processed and pre-packaged foods like canned soups, boxed meals and frozen dinners that are jam-packed with sodium. Also, keep in mind that eating out can also pose as a major culprit…this can be difficult to monitor as many restaurant menus don’t always come with a list of nutrition facts per dish. So ask for your meal without salt or just a pinch. Sugar is another pesky one that can cause weight gain and even more serious complications like diabetes so it needs to be carefully consumed in proper amounts. Avoid sugary drinks like sodas and artificial fruit juices. A good practice is to sweeten your meal options yourself (like plain Greek yogurt, unsweetened tea and unflavored oatmeal), maintaining keen portion control. Also consume more naturally sweet food like fruits, peppers and peanut butter instead of cookies, cakes and candies.

Stay focused and fabulous, loves…your mind and body will thank you!

 

Xo, Camille

How To Pose Like a Pro for PROM

tips on how to pose in your fashion dressCamera, flash, selfie! Prom night will be full of photo-ops so don’t miss out the chance to pose like a pro and turn these fun times into even more awesome memories! Between your parents, friends, and the school photographer you will be in at least 100 pictures by the end of the night so make sure all of these can be deemed Instagram worthy! How can you do this? Follow our suggestions to getting the right pose down for your body and your dress! Showcasing your stunning figure and the gorgeous details in your dress will be your first priority, So, here are some of the poses we’ve seen on the celebrity red carpets that we think are the most flattering to the body and your dress:

1)   The One-foot forward: this pose looks as though you are about to take a step; it’s more of an in motion picture. It’s very elegant and sophisticated.

2)   The cross-legged pose: standing like this especially in heels can be tricky, make sure you have your balance and simply stand straight to the camera while crossing one foot in front of the other. This gives you a long lean line from head to toe!

3)   Over the shoulder: this pose works really great if you have a one-shoulder dress or a gown with must-see back design. When striking this pose you almost have to turn away from the camera and only twist your face and one arm/shoulder back over to get the “over the shoulder” look!

4)   Legs apart: this stance looks great in a short tight prom dress. Standing in a wide powerful stance and shifting weight to your hips looks hot! Play with your body’s shapes and angles in this position and don’t forget to smile to the camera!

Once you get these poses down by practicing in the mirror (which we definitely recommend!) These are the final Do’s and Don’ts when posing as a starlet for the night!

DO:

1)   Smile!

2)   Keep your chin up

3)   Watch your posture; stay tall

4)   Have Confidence it’s a must! This is the number one thing that will translate in all of your pictures, besides your beautiful face and killer dress of course!

5)   Use your arms to create pretty angles and unique poses

6)   Use the hip trick; stick out a hip lean back a bit… tall, slender, and beautiful!

7)   Show that you’re having fun

DON’T:

1)   Show your profile, people want to see your face and sometimes your profile can be unflattering depending on the light and shadows that it casts.

2)   Turn your body away from the camera. That is unless you are going for the over the shoulder pose!

3)   Trip on your dress, this is never never good! Be sure your dress looks just as flawless as you will in these pics!

 

Follow our red-carpet approved poses and look amazing in all of your prom pictures!

 

Xo, Camille

7 Tips to Rev Up Your Motivation to Get Fit Before Prom

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With Prom only a few months away, NOW is the time to get your fitness goals in check and physically get yourself onto that cardio machine. After all, we all want to look amazing and fit in that sleek and sleeveless prom dress. But easier said than done, right? We totally feel you on this one! Between the cold, wintry days where all you want to do is pile on the sweaters, socks and blankets, the recent holiday season where we indulged on everything succulent and delicious and the obvious shortened daylight hours, the idea of hitting the gym in the morning or somewhere in between school and homework, seems like an overwhelming feat in itself. But…it can be done. And with some willpower, organization and a few minor changes to your daily routine, you’ll soon find it as part of your lifestyle…or at least until prom peeks its pretty face! Here are some helpful tips to boost your motivation.

1. Reposition your Alarm Clock. It’s no surprise that mornings are the best time to get that workout going. It jump starts your metabolism and helps you burn calories at a higher rate throughout the day. The only tragic issue? Getting out of bed extra early to make that happen. Our easy solution, which actually works wonders, is setting your alarm an hour earlier and placing it at farther area of your bedroom. Close enough so you can still hear it, but far enough that you’d have to get up and walk to turn it off. Once you’re up, you’ll find it easier to stretch and make a detour away from your bed and towards your gym clothes.

2. Schedule a Workout Date. Workout buddies are amazing motivators! Set a specific time on certain days of the week to meet for a trip to the gym, a jog in the park, a tennis match, etc. You’ll be less likely to flake out on your workout if you have someone else who’s waiting for you. Plus, having a gym buddy makes the experience much more fun and rewarding. Because let’s face it, going solo might get a little boring, which might result in poor performance at the gym.

3. Make Friends at the Gym. If you don’t have a gym buddy yet, no worries! After a few weeks, chances are you’ll make one after routine visits. You’ll become familiar with the gym regulars who exercise at the same time. See it as sort of a social factor that serves as inspiration to get going everyday. Besides, they’ll start to wonder where you are if you’re a no show for a day or two. Consistency is key and working out with other familiar faces will help you attain this.

4. Create a Set Goal. It’s always a great idea to set reachable goals. Every Sunday night, make it a point to create your workout schedule for the coming week. Write it down, for example, “This week, I’m waking up at 6am Monday through Thursday to run 2-3 miles before school.” Set alerts on your phone too, just as you would on a special appointment. If you cannot make those dates, record the reasons why. Then, set aside time later to analyze those reasons and derive ways on how to overcome them the next time around.

5. Create a Workout Playlist. Music is a guaranteed quick motivator in the morning. And research has shown that listening to good, upbeat music when you workout can create positive thoughts and help fight fatigue. The best way to go to starting with a faster tempo at the beginning of your workout to rev up your energy level then gradually shift to a slower tempo towards the end.

6. Prepare the Night Before. Following through on a workout routine can be challenging. But one of the simplest things you can do to make it easier is prepare your gym clothes and equipment the night before. This way you don’t waste any time sifting through your drawer in the morning or looking for your headphones or sneakers.

7. Reward Yourself. If you’re getting into a nice groove, meeting the goals that you’ve set out for yourself and getting up four out of five days to work out for an hour, TREAT YOURSELF! For instance, get a manicure, a new outfit or fabulous pair of shoes. Keeping that little sweet treat in mind will give you the extra push you’ll need to battle the blankets and jump out of bed to hit the gym.

And the sweetest reward of them all? Feeling amazing from head to toe and looking equally amazing in your dress at prom!

xo, Camille

How to Determine Which Dress Color Fits You Best

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Have you ever slipped on a dress or a shade of makeup that makes your face look vivid and full of vibrance? And then you slip on your second option that’s pretty much the same exact shade of the first look, only to realize that the second shade makes your skin appear so dull and washed-out. They key to this insanity is that the first look may have matched your skin’s surface tone and undertone to a T, whereas the second look was way off in terms of matching your undertone.

So what’s the difference between surface tone and undertone? Let’s first take into account what they actually mean. Our skin’s surface tone is the color you’d typically identify with when choosing foundations, concealers, etc. You would be categorized in one of these: ivory, light, medium tan, dark tan, etc). And your skin’s undertone is what lies underneath the surface, which is broken down into three groups:

Cool (pinkish, red or bluish undertones)

Warm (yellow, peachy or golden undertones)

Neutral (a combination of warm and cool undertones)

Before we find out the ways to determine your true shades, let’s clear up a popular myth! The belief that pale girls can never be warm-toned is completely false. There are fair-skinned ladies with warm undertones, like Angelina Jolie, for instance. And dark-skinned women like iconic model Alek Wek have cool undertones.

Now let’s take the right steps in determining which category you stand under. These steps are highly essential in helping you pinpoint the right look, or more specifically, PROM DRESS color that’s ideal for you. A little bizarre, but so helpful!

  1. Analyze the veins of your arms. Take a moment to push your sleeves up and check out the veins on the inside part of your wrist. Do you appear to be more green or blue? If blue, then you have cool undertones. If they look more on the greenish side, then warm tones it is. And the reason for greenish veins isn’t because they’re actually green… your warm, yellow-toned skin creates this effect.
  2. Take the Neutral Test. Determine what neutral shades are most flattering on you. Ask yourself this: Does my eyes, skin and overall face appear better in stark black and white hues, or creamy, off-white and brown/tan shades? If you chose the former, then there’s a good chance your cool-toned gal. The latter would definitely fall under the warm-toned category.
  3. Consider the traditional jewelry trick. Ask yourself, which tone of jewelry gives you a more vibrant glow: gold or silver jewelry? Ladies with cool undertones will find silver to be more of their true match, while gold looks much better on warm-tones.
  4. Examine your eye and hair color. Another great determinant is identifying your natural eye and hair colors. Typically, cool tones are reserved for those with blue, gray or green eyes and having blonde, brownish or even black hair with blue or ash undertones. Warm toned girls have brown, hazel or amber eyes with strawberry blonde, red, brown or black hair, with an almost red or orange undertone.
  5. Examine your skin after a day in the sun. What happens after you’re out basking in the sun’s rays? Does your skin slowly turn to a golden-brown, do you burn or turn immediately pink? Those with very warm tones will tan into a golden brown easily, very cool toned girls will inevitably burn and medium-skinned cool-toned girls may burn at first and then tan.
  6. Pick a celebrity whose tones match yours. Take a look at some random pictures on popular red carpet events and find celebrities with cool tones and those with warm. Then, see the dress they’re wearing and if it suits them well. This serves as another helpful way to determine which color prom dress will suit you. Here’s a tip, celebs with cool undertones include Anne Hathaway, Cameron Diaz, Scarlett Johansson and Cara Delevingne. Those with warm tones would include Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Alba, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Eva Mendes.
  7. Choose a range of colors that look best on you. There’s no denying that warm-toned girls will look their best in shades of yellow, warm reds, oranges, browns, greenish-yellows, creams and camels. Cool-toned girls are glowing in blues, rich greens, purples, pinks, bluish-greens, fuchsias and reds with a very blue base.

For more handy tips and tricks on fashion, beauty and more for PROM, PROM, PROM…check back with us daily!

xo, Camille

 

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